Three women in the heart of the one of the most difficult and unreserved political disputes. They find a common language by using 3 different languages, they help each other, they argue but not about politics, they try to solve what matters to them. The conflict around them (political) gives a better understanding of their characters, while their characters give a better understanding of the conflict.
This movie has a great opening scene; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FuBo5z0fr8A One interpretation is that the song ''Chad Gadya'' is about the different nations that have conquered the Land of Israel: The kid symbolizes the Jewish people, the cat, Assyria; the dog, Babylon; the stick, Persia; the fire, Macedonia; the water, Rome; the ox, the Saracens; the slaughterer, the Crusaders; the angel of death, the Turks.
This Israeli film is so driven by the performance of its three main actress (salute to those three), but that's just it. The story is about three different woman caught in a somewhat road trip (road movie): an Israeli, a Palestinian, and an American caught in between. Sadly, there's nothing more about this one beside its astonishing performance.
Somewhat I have a passion for Gitai films, for the way he tackles the Israeli-Palestinian conflitcs on an existencial point of view rather than on a political one, even though he achieves great interpretations and provides food for thought on that subject as well. 'Free Zone' though, is somewhat bland and completely forgettable.